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Sept. 3, 2014

(from left) Mark Dennish of The Ridge at Back Brook, Roc Irey of Lookaway Golf Club and Mike Vassil of the Country Club of Scranton tied for second in the 44th Senior Amateur.

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LedgeRock's Lutz earns elusive Senior Amateur trophy

  HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa.–It may not be the most notable victory of Chip Lutz’s career, but it’s been the most difficult one for the 59-year-old international superstar to attain. Lutz, a dominant force in the Association, and world, since turning 55, finally captured his first Senior Amateur Championship title on Wednesday at a demanding Philmont Country Club (par 70, 6,412 yards). The victory completed Lutz’s Golf Association of Philadelphia lifecycle. He is the only player to collect trophies in the Junior Boys’ (1972), Amateur (1977), Middle-Amateur (1998, 2007) and Senior.

  “This is a highlight of my career, without question. Winning this event has [encompassed] my career in the Golf Association of Philadelphia. It’s something that’s incredibly special for me. I’ve been hoping this moment would occur for quite a few years,” said Lutz, the four-time reigning Senior Player of the Year. “I’ve known for quite some time [a victory in the Senior] would complete my golf resume in GAP. I’ve tried to stay quiet about it, but I’ve been internalizing it for a long, long time. I was really wondering if I would be able to make this achievement in my golf career.”

  The triumph proved as difficult as the quest itself. Lutz emerged from a late, compact leaderboard with a string of pars to finish at 5 over for the 36 holes. His second-round 1-over 71 was the Senior Division’s low score.

  Co-first-round leader Mark Dennish of The Ridge at Back Brook; Roc Irey of Lookaway Golf Club and Mike Vassil of the Country Club of Scranton tied for second at 7 over. At one point, five players were either tied or within a stroke of the lead.

  How difficult was Philmont on this day? The scoring average for Round 2 was 80.037, 10 strokes above par.

  Lutz can thank a tree on No. 16 (par 4, 447 yards) for keeping hope alive. Tied with Dennish for the lead at 5-over, Lutz pushed his tee ball into the hardwoods serving as a course boundary. Ready to hit a provisional, instead Lutz saw his ball careen back into the fairway. The good fortune seemed fleeting when he caught his 6-iron a bit thin from 199 yards and watched it run through the green into the back rough. However, the resilient Lutz responded with a wedge from 30 yards to two feet for a tap-in par.

  Now two strokes ahead on No. 17 (par 3, 185 yards) after a Dennish bogey, Lutz knocked a 7-iron up against the left collar, 30-feet from the flag. A stellar lag putt to three feet sent Lutz to the final hole still in charge.

  On No. 18 (par 4, 341 yards), he clubbed a drive and 80-yard pitch from the right side to 20 feet behind the hole before two putting for the win.

  The victory also gave Lutz his first Senior Silver Cross Award and a fifth Senior Player of the Year. The Senior Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the Warner Cup (Gross), Chapman (Gross) and Senior Amateur Championship.

  “This is incredible,” said Lutz, a Reading, Pa. resident. “It was very difficult. I didn’t play my best golf these last two days. It was quite a challenge to stay focused. It would have been easy to throw this away but I stayed focused and got a few breaks down the line.”

  Lutz made the turn at 1-under par on the front side as the leaderboard started to jumble. At the time Dennish, Irey and Ray Thompson of Overbrook, a two-time winner of this event, were all in a tight pack.

  Lutz’s next task, the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. An event he’s been a semifinalist in three of the last four years.

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Overall

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

74-71–145

Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook

71-76–147

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

74-73–147

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

75-72–147

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

74-74–148

Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club

77-72–149

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

74-75–149

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

72-77–149

Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

76-73–149

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

71-80–151

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

74-77–151

John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club

73-78–151

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

77-74–151

Byron Whitman, Reading Country Club

77-75–152

George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79-73–152

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78-74–152

Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook

77-76–153

David Smith, Doylestown Country Club

78-75–153

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78-75–153

Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

76-77–153

Pete Widdoes, White Clay Creek Country Club

75-78–153

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

74-80–154

Richard Custer, Reading Country Club

78-76–154

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

76-78–154

Geoff Moulton, Jr., Sunnybrook Golf Club

80-76–156

Jeff Paige, Bellewood Country Club

78-78–156

Leonard Pearson, Philmont Country Club

81-75–156

Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club

80-76–156

Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

77-80–157

James Robertson, Llanerch Country Club

78-79–157

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

75-82–157

Robert Harrington, Merion Golf Club

80-77–157

James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81-76–157

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

77-81–158

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

78-80–158

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

79-79–158

Tom DiCinti, Old York Road CC at Chesterfield

86-72–158

Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club

78-81–159

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

79-80–159

Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82-77–159

Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club

79-80–159

John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

77-83–160

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

77-83–160

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79-81–160

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

80-80–160

Robert Van Etten, Laurel Creek Country Club

75-85–160

Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn Golf Club

77-83–160

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

77-84–161

Marty Dorminy, Spring Ford Country Club

84-77–161

Scott Orr, Brookside Country Club

80-81–161

Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club

80-81–161

Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

81-81–162

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

80-82–162

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

80-82–162

Larry Piekarsky, Hidden Creek Golf Club

77-85–162

Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club

82-80–162

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

84-78–162

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

80-83–163

Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

80-83–163

James Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club

83-81–164

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

76-88–164

John Duke, Sandy Run Country Club

85-80–165

Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83-82–165

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

86-80–166

Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

86-80–166

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

83-83–166

Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84-83–167

Bob Walsh, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85-83–168

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

85-83–168

George Reby, Greate Bay Country Club

86-83–169

Jon Helhowski, Commonwealth National Golf Club

83-86–169

Gerald Henderson, Blue Bell Country Club

85-85–170

Jim Willoughby, Bellewood Country Club

85-85–170

Joseph Zelechoski, Silver Creek Country Club

84-86–170

Ansley Jessup, Jr., Rancocas Golf Club

92-79–171

Brian Sexton, Seaview Resort & Spa

90-82–172

Joe Duhack, Lu Lu Country Club

83-91–174

Jack O'Hara, Cedarbrook Country Club

91-95–186

Michael Caulfield, Commonwealth National GC

93-96–189

Matthew Manfred, Blue Bell Country Club

96-104–200

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

86-NS–NS

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

86-NS–NS

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

78-WD–WD

John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club

83-WD–WD

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

79-WD–WD

 

Ages 55 to 59

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

74-71–145

Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook

71-76–147

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

74-73–147

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

74-74–148

Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club

77-72–149

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

74-75–149

Byron Whitman, Reading Country Club

77-75–152

Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook

77-76–153

David Smith, Doylestown Country Club

78-75–153

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78-75–153

Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

76-77–153

Geoff Moulton, Jr., Sunnybrook Golf Club

80-76–156

Jeff Paige, Bellewood Country Club

78-78–156

Leonard Pearson, Philmont Country Club

81-75–156

Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

77-80–157

James Robertson, Llanerch Country Club

78-79–157

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

75-82–157

Robert Harrington, Merion Golf Club

80-77–157

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

77-81–158

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

78-80–158

Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club

78-81–159

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

79-80–159

John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

77-83–160

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

77-83–160

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

77-84–161

Marty Dorminy, Spring Ford Country Club

84-77–161

Scott Orr, Brookside Country Club

80-81–161

Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

81-81–162

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

80-82–162

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

80-82–162

Larry Piekarsky, Hidden Creek Golf Club

77-85–162

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

80-83–163

James Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club

83-81–164

John Duke, Sandy Run Country Club

85-80–165

Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83-82–165

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

86-80–166

Bob Walsh, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85-83–168

George Reby, Greate Bay Country Club

86-83–169

Jon Helhowski, Commonwealth National Golf Club

83-86–169

Gerald Henderson, Blue Bell Country Club

85-85–170

Jim Willoughby, Bellewood Country Club

85-85–170

Brian Sexton, Seaview Resort & Spa

90-82–172

Joe Duhack, Lu Lu Country Club

83-91–174

Jack O'Hara, Cedarbrook Country Club

91-95–186

Matthew Manfred, Blue Bell Country Club

96-104–200

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

78-WD–WD

John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club

83-WD–WD

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

86-NS–NS

 

60 and over

Name, club

Rd. 1-Rd. 2–Total

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

75-72–147

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

72-77–149

Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

76-73–149

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

71-80–151

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

74-77–151

John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club

73-78–151

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

77-74–151

George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79-73–152

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78-74–152

Pete Widdoes, White Clay Creek Country Club

75-78–153

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

74-80–154

Richard Custer, Reading Country Club

78-76–154

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

76-78–154

Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club

80-76–156

James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81-76–157

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

79-79–158

Tom DiCinti, Old York Road CC at Chesterfield

86-72–158

Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82-77–159

Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club

79-80–159

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79-81–160

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

80-80–160

Robert Van Etten, Laurel Creek Country Club

75-85–160

Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn Golf Club

77-83–160

Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club

80-81–161

Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club

82-80–162

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

84-78–162

Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

80-83–163

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

76-88–164

Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

86-80–166

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

83-83–166

Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84-83–167

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

85-83–168

Joseph Zelechoski, Silver Creek Country Club

84-86–170

Ansley Jessup, Jr., Rancocas Golf Club

92-79–171

Michael Caulfield, Commonwealth National GC

93-96–189

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

86-NS–NS

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

79-WD–WD

 

NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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